Gestalt Therapy Approach to Depressive Experiences

Gianni Francesetti, Jan Roubal


Mourning and depressive experience are distinguished to highlight the core of the suffering of people in depression. In the mourning experience a specific person or situation becomes unreachable and therein lies the loss suffered. The experience of melancholic depression differs: what is lost is that which anchors the subject to the fabric which connects him/her to the world. A radically relational approach to depression where the client and therapist are seen as depressing here and now in the therapy’s situation is introduced.


Gestalt therapy; depression; grief; psychopathology; self-functions



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